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speaker john boehner. he wrote, "over the past several months as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish." the drama around jackson began this summer when the congressman disappeared for weeks. the public, even members of his staff, didn't know where he was. finally, in late july, the mayo clinic revealed jackson was being treated there for what was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder and depression. his famous father uncharacteristically quiet about the matter. >> the fact is, the congressman is under medical supervision and is right now regaining strength. >> reporter: jackson was released in september, then readmitted last month. his return to the clinic came amid reports that the congressman faced a federal investigation into the potential misuse of campaign funds, including allegations that jackson used thousands of dollars to redecorate his washington, d.c. townhome and that he used $40,000 to buy a rolex watch for a female friend. even so, jackson was easily re-elected to the house just a few weeks ago. even though
the years. >> reporter: he keeps them all on file. here's john boehner's pledge signed 20 years ago. if somebody signed this 10 years ago or 18 years ago, 20 years ago, are they still bound by it? >> now when you got married, did your wife understand there was an expiration date on that promise? when you borrowed money to buy your house, did you say, "oh geez, that mortgage? that was ten years ago. you're still asking me for money?" you know, if you make a commitment, you make a commitment. >> reporter: the pledge is the biggest obstacle to any deal that would raise taxes, but with a budget crisis on the horizon and a re-elected president insisting on tax increases, some republicans are now thinking the unthinkable, ditching the pledge. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. >> the world has changed, and the economic situation is different. >> reporter: and while virtually every republican in the past signed it, nearly a third of the newly elected house republicans refused to sign it this time. republicans dit
. >>> aids activists are zeroing in on house speaker john boehner. at least seven of them took off their clothes outside his capitol hill office, in protests to potential spending cuts to hiv programs. saying they wanted to highlight the, quote, naked truth. the three nude women were arrested. but the men left before police arrived. >>> and a family tragedy overnight on new york's long island. a 6-year-old boy died when this city bus smashed into a home. the driver was apparently trying to avoid a pedestrian when he lost control of that bus and crashed into a front bedroom. the child died later at the hospital. >>> and that jersey shore rollercoaster that was swept off a pier and into the ocean by hurricane sandy, is going to be removed after all. at first, the mayor of seaside heights said the remains of the partially submerged rollercoaster would make a great tourist attraction. he now says, these were his words, that was not the brightest comment. >> very few people would disagree. >>> teen actor, angus t. jones, is clarifying his comments that denounced the show "two and a half
a sense of urgency. >> they may not agree on details but house speaker john boehner and house minority leader agree on one thing. failure is not on the table. >> going over fiscal cliff will hurt our economy. >> boehner said republicans are committed to a compromise. >> rinz are willing to put revenue on the table. >> so hard ball politics were left to house majority leador eric cantor complaining the white house hasn't come to the table with concession autos we have not seen any good faith efforts on the part of this administration to talk about the real problem. we're trying to fix. tomorrow, round two. abc news, washington. >> president ob dwraum -- obama will meet for a private lunch with mitt romney. the president promised to meet with his rival and that he would consider romney's ideas. romney commented he believed the president won because of so called gifts he gave to hispanics, blacks and young voters. we'll see how the meeting go autos one thing you can do to give your cholesterol lowering drugs a boost. >> a woman finds success on the internet spoofing popular videos and how
votes for something in the middle. it depends on whether john boehner is willing to risk his speakership to -- >> nancy pelosi will have a role too. one has the sense that the leaders of the parties have fear sequester and fear going over the cliff. they don't want it even as members in their parties are starting to talk more about sequester as actually a way out and a way out that puts the other side on the david petraeus. >> meanwhile, maybe they should watch the movie before they make the deal. >> that's what i wrote that the president had the screening of "lincoln" at the white house which i was not at but should have a regular 4:00 showing and everybody should come down, sit in the nice sits, eat the popcorn and recognize a few things from the president's point of view that nice words and lofty speeches, gettysburg address are wonderful but we also need sort of hard-headed a little bit sleazy deal-making lobbying to go along. >> movies that -- >> wonderful. >> to go along with it and from the point of view of congress, that congress can rise above itself, can rise above partisanship
? >> reporter: yes. >> thousands over the years. >> reporter: he keeps them all on file. here's john boehner's pledge, signed 20 years ago. if somebody signed this 10 years ago, 18 years ago, 20 years ago, are they still bound by it? >> when you got married, did you wife think there was an expiration date on that pledge? >> reporter: he says anybody is doomed. but with the fiscal cliff just months away, and a re-elected barack obama insisting that tax increases must be part of any budget deal, key republicans are now talking about ditching the pledge. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> reporter: even republicans who say they are willing to violate the pledge say they will only do so by closing loopholes, not by doing what the president wants to do, which is raising tax rates. >> so, the sides, still far apart. meanwhile, we heard about susan rice, the ambassador going up to capitol hill today, to meet with many of her critics. and it does appear that some of the crit
. here's john boehner's pledge signed 20 years ago. >> reporter: if somebody signed this, 10, 18, 20 years ago are they still bound by it? >> now when you got married, did your wife understand there was an expiration date on the promise? when you borrowed money for your house, did they extend -- oh, geez, that mortgage? that was ten years ago. you're still asking me for money? if you make a commitment, you make a commitment. >> reporter: the pledge is the biggest obstacle to any deal that would raise taxes. with a budget crisis on the horizon and re-elected president insisting on tax increases, some republicans are thinking the unthinkable. ditching the pledge. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country. >> i am not obligated on the pledge. >> the world has changed and the economic situation is different. >> reporter: and while virtually every republican in the past signed it, nearly a third of the newly elected house republicans refused to sign it this time. republicans ditching the pledge could be a big step toward a deal with the president. and on
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